Pathways is the collaboration of higher education providers in Leicester City, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland as part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP).
NCOP is focused on local areas where higher education participation is lower than might be expected given the GCSE results of the young people who live there.
The programme started in January 2017 and aims to support the government’s goals to:
- double the proportion of young people from underrepresented backgrounds in higher education by 2020
- increase by 20 per cent the number of students in higher education from ethnic minority groups
- address the under-representation of young men in higher education
You can find out more about NCOP here – Office for Students (OfS) NCOP Information
Working in partnership under the name Pathways, the Universities and Further Education colleges work with schools and colleges to offer a number of activities and interventions in their local areas. Pupils who take part in our events can experience life at university, develop new skills, explore future careers and more. We are passionate about ensuring young people from backgrounds underrepresented in Higher Education can progress into HE.
Activities are externally funded and participant eligibility is determined by the Office for Students (OfS).
Our activities are open to all pupils in the year group individual activities are aimed at, but, if an event is oversubscribed, priority is given to those who fulfil one or more of the following:
- Live in an area identified as a Pathways or NCOP wards (determined by home postcode)
- Be the first in their family to consider attending university
- Be in receipt of free school meals
- Be in or have spent time in local authority care
- Are a young carer
- Have a disability including specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD